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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed


On the morning of 1 September 1937, at the height of the battle between the United States and Great Britain to be the fastest nation on water, British speed record pioneer Sir Malcolm Campbell headed out onto the calm blue waters of Lake Maggiore on the Swiss-Italian frontier. Pointing the nose of his Bluebird K3 hydroplane boat south, powered by Rolls-Royce’s R-engine, he established a new water-speed record of 126.32mph. The following day he went one better, piloting his craft to 129.5mph to break the United States five-year stranglehold on the world water-speed record. Campbell’s momentous achievement captured the world’s attention and reaffirmed Rolls-Royce R-engines record breaking superiority after triumphs on land and in the air. To celebrate this incredible act of British tenacity and ingenuity, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Bespoke department has created the Waterspeed Collection, 35 specially designed Phantom Drophead Coupés. 

Echoing the cutting-edge technology employed in the construction of the K3, only the finest contemporary materials have been used to furnish the Waterspeed Collection. Brushed steel perfectly complements an exclusively developed Maggiore Blue colour scheme. Perfectly book matched open grain Abachi wood veneer evokes the sense of a boat effortlessly gliding through water at pace, whilst the exterior coachline and laser etchings inside the car bring Campbell’s ‘Bluebird’ motif back to life. The Maggiore Blue colour scheme, specially created by Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke team, flows like water over all the surfaces of Waterspeed. A new imagining of a Bluebird logo has also been designed by the Bespoke team at Goodwood and becomes part of the coachline that adorns the sides of Waterspeed in a contrasting blue.

The Phantom Drophead Coupé’s advanced hand welded aluminium space frame is at the heart of its refined, dynamic driving experience. Lightweight and exceptionally strong, it impacts positively on ride, comfort and safety. A lower centre of gravity, combined with the reduced wheelbase and incredibly stiff body, produces a ride that is refined, yet agile. Imperfect road surfaces go unnoticed while feel through the steering wheel inspires confidence. New spring dampers and lighter anti-roll bars have been engineered to maintain comfort without loss of agility, whilst self-levelling air struts continuously adjust for increased loading in harder cornering, giving drivers the ability to place the car through turns with absolute precision.

Ample power is supplied by a 6.75-litre, naturally aspirated, V12 engine. Developing 453bhp / 338kW and 720Nm / 531lb ft of torque at 3500rpm, delivery is smooth and abundant. Furthermore, with 75 per cent of engine power available at just 1000rpm, progress from a standstill is effortless and remains so throughout the rev range. The powerful V12 will accelerate the Phantom Drophead Coupé to 60mph in under six seconds and on to a limited top speed of 149 mph.

The sumptuous elegance expected of Rolls-Royce is exquisitely presented by the interior of the Phantom Drophead Coupé. The all-weather surfaces of the interior have been designed to take everything that nature can throw at them. To this end, a number of notable features can be seen throughout the interior. For example, in place of traditional floor mats, wholly more practical saddle leather and metal mats are used on Waterspeed. The driving position is set deliberately high to give a commanding view of the road over the long bonnet, whilst the curved rear lounge seats offer an intimate and social environment for passengers. Rear legroom is plentiful and marks the car out as a true four seater.

With more than 400 hours invested in each car, not including the time taken to build the engine, the Phantom Drophead Coupé seamlessly combines a 21st century  blend of hand crafted expertise and high-tech materials and techniques. The finest British Craftsmanship can be found throughout the Phantom Drophead Coupé, from the largest, most visible parts down to the smallest, unseen detail. By constructing each car, whether standard or Bespoke, with the same enthusiasm and passion with which it was designed, Rolls-Royce ensures that each one will offer a unique motoring experience, both to its owners and to all those who will travel in it.

Yours Sincerely
Mr British


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